Assignments throughout our units are considered, “Project Based Learning.” Meaning that all units must have a culminating project, which corresponds to all information throughout the unit coming together as one. Several of the assignments will allow students to research a certain topic and self educate themselves as well as the others in their class about the given topic. Students first project will be a power point presentation on a certain food that they enjoy eating (guilty pleasure) and will have to analyze the ingredients used in order to make this dish. The food item must include sugar in some form. Students will then analyze the caloric intake as well as the nutritional value.
The final project for this unit will be a persuasive essay expressing whether or not sugar is good for the human body? Students will have to learn writing styles of APA format as well as researching information by researching on genetically modified sweeteners and persuading the reader in signing their petition on outlawing these sugar substitutes in the United States. Ultimately students will be able to express their own views while supporting their position with factual information from any outside sources. Students will also be able to give any ideas they may have in order to give the public a more educational choice while choosing what artificial sweeteners he/she would like to use in their comparison to sugar.
By the end of the unit:
The final unit will contain enough information for students to make the decision of choosing to use artificial sweeteners or regular sugar. Students will be able to identify the proper resources to determine how much sugar he/she should be able to take in on a daily basis in order to maintain homeostasis.